Movie Review: After Lucía + Thoughts on bullying
A couple of days ago I read an article, written by my awesome friend Moy, about bullying in Mexico (here is the link to the article in spanish). There has been a lot of talk lately about bullying in schools all around Mexico and I do concur with his statement that mexicans tend to take everything too lightly. We are a society who loves to bully because we are "just joking", but doesn't like to be bullied.
In his article Moy mentions the movie After Lucía (orig. Después de Lucía), so of course i had to watch it and i have to say it is one of the best movies i have seen in a long long time.
Short summary: Alejandra and her dad move to Mexico City after her mother died in a horrible car crash. Being the new one in school is never easy, but Alejandra manages to make friends quickly. Nevertheless, after an incident her so called friends turn on her and make her life hell. Her father has a hard time coping with the loss and Alejandra feels like she cannot burden him with her problems, so we see her transform from a, under the cicumstances, happy girl into someone filled with fear who doesn't even try to resist anymore.
This movie just gets to your core. The ending is... just another level.
It is my belief that bullying starts at home. Bullying is a result of lack of education and not exactly the education you get at school, but the one you recieve at home from your parents. Respecting and helping each other; not doing to others what you don't want to be done to you.
I think one of the main issues is that parents tend to neglect their kids, to not take responsibility for them, to blame it on the other kid. Instead of looking for excuses like "why didn't the other kid defend himself/herself?", they should ask themselves why did their kid start it in the first place. I know the problem is more complex than just parents not doing their job, but it's something that was very present in the movie. The only active parent in the whole movie was Alejandra's dad and it just pictures prefectly a society in which all this cruelty happens while the parents were working or worst at the country club drinking with their friends.
But before i keep on rambling on and on about the topic, i wanted to show you a short movie (about 10 minutes), called Mariana's Sandwich (orig. El sandwich de Mariana) that brings to the point what bullying is all about. It is in spanish, but it's pretty self-explanatory
Let's start thinking more about how our actions affect others and stop the bullying!
I would love to hear your opinions and I wish you all a happy tuesday!